Kerzhakov sets Russia scoring record
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Zenit St Petersburg striker Alexander Kerzhakov became Russian football's leading scorer on Saturday when his 208th career strike helped his side to a 4-2 win over Spartak Moscow.

The result lifted Zenit to the top of the table with 26 points from 11 matches, three points ahead of Spartak.

Kerzhakov's moment of history came in the 20th minute when he fired home from the edge of the box and the ball slipped between the legs of goalkeeper Sergei Pesiakov. But Spartak replied positively and Swedish veteran Kim Kallstrom levelled in the 29th minute scoring with a low shot from his Republic of Ireland teammate Aiden McGeady's pass.

In the 69th minute, Brazilian striker Hulk restored Zenit's lead, extending his scoring streak to six consecutive matches. But Spartak's Armenia marksman Yura Movsisyan pulled his side level at 2-2 just a minute later.

Zenit then added a third through midfielder Oleg Shatov, who shrugged off the attentions of Spartak's Brazilian defender Joao Carlos to fire home from close range in the 82nd minute. Danny hit Zenit's fourth on a rapid counter-attack with six minutes to go to secure the hosts' win.

"I was very happy after I scored today," Kerzhakov said. "It's a dream for every forward to become the top scorer in the history of their domestic league. And I'm happy that my dream came true. But I'm not going to stop. I want to increase my scoring record."

Elsewhere, reigning champions CSKA Moscow suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Terek in Chechen capital Grozny. Terek took lead in the 19th minute through Brazilian midfielder Kanu after combining with Ailton.

Forward Igor Lebedenko, who came as a substitute for Kanu in the 74th minute, added the second goal with 15 minutes left.

"Both teams that played today were in a poor form," CSKA manager Leonid Slutsky said. "The opening goal decided the winner. Unfortunately we were not the side that scored."